ATHEISTS VS CHRISTIANS
Friday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time
Scripture Readings: Philippians 3:17-4:1; Psalms 122: 1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5; Luke 16:1-8
My dear encountered couples:
This is certainly not always the case, but atheists often seem to get more out of life than Christians. Many of those who don’t believe in God and life after death can often be found more deeply committed to their work, more involved in projects, and more participating and appreciative of the many enjoyable things that life offers than are many Christians. Why is that?
The reason could very well be that atheists are so sure that this life is all we are going to get that they do all they can to get the most out of it - while some, maybe many Christians, with their faith in life after death, look upon life on earth sort of like a bus stop. It is to be spent sitting on the bench waiting for the bus to come along.
Don’t get involved, committed, emotional, nor distracted – and by all means, beware of having fun – for fun and pleasure are snares of the devil that might ruin your chances for heaven.
And so, there is much more evil in the world, much more suffering because too many Christians are doing nothing about it. Their belief that God will bring good out of evil lulls many of them to sleep on that bus stop bench, and keeps them from trying to improve anything for anyone, especially if it doesn’t affect them. They leave it all up to God.
Maybe that is what Jesus meant when he said, “The worldly take more initiative than the other-worldly when it comes to dealing with their own kind” How about you? Do you take any initiative to do something to better the world and lives of people? Or are you just sitting on the bench waiting for that bus to paradise?